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Are two bottom teeth a sign that my daughter might be ready to start simple foods?

My daughter turned four months old on Sunday. Coincidentally, she sprouted her two bottom teeth on Sunday as well (yay!) Think I could try feeding her a little rice cereal on a spoon?

(Yeah yeah, I know that some babies shouldn't start solids till six months. Please take your mommy bashing elsewhere.)

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Asked by caitxrawks at 8:17 PM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I would ask your doctor first and see. But I don't see why not. My sister started all her kids on simple food earlier than reccomended, and they are fine. =) With her having teeth she may have an OK by your doctor as well.

    Answer by LucasMama08 at 8:19 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Definitely ask your doctor first. My little girl started cereal from a spoon at about 3-3 1/2 months per doctor's go-ahead. We started apple sauce yesterday at 4 months.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 8:23 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Sure why not? Teeth don't have anything to do with it but at 4 months they can start trying cereal. Obviously formula should still be her absolute main source of nutrition but I say go for it. It'll probably take her a while to get used to a spoon anyway so by then she'll definitely be big enough :-)

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 8:26 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I give my 4 month old cereal and she has no problem with it. I would ask your doc first though.

    Answer by lovemybabys1106 at 8:30 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • No bashing, just informing :)

    The WHO and AAP recommend delaying solids until 6 months for all babies, and the WHO actually says AT LEAST 6 months. There's no NEED for them until a year. Doctors say 4 months, but really that's not based on the most recent research. 6 months or longer is ideal.

    Also, babies have very low levels of amylase, an enzyme that helps digest grains (including rice) until they are closer to a year. So when you do start solids, some argue (myself among them) that starting with fruits and veggies is more healthful.

    That said, some babies really are ready earlier. If your daughter sits unassisted, has lost the reflex to spit out foods, has the urge to chew and is interested in what you're eating she might be ready, but it's unlikely.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 8:34 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Teeth don't matter. They don't chew with teeth until they have their molars. Her getting her bottom teeth is just that...she has her first pearly whites!

    The general recommendation is 4-6 months to start foods....the final decision is up to you!

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:37 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Teeth are unimportant when it comes to solid food. Most babies are ready by 6 months. Some are ready as early as 5 and some are not ready until 7, 8 or 9 months.

    Follow babies cues. Is she sitting up well when propped? Is she watching what you eat and expressing a desire to have some? These are a couple of the signs to watch for, here is a link to the rest. She should exhibit all of the signs of readiness before introducing solids.


    Answer by heatherama at 8:42 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • " Obviously formula should still be her absolute main source of nutrition but I say go for it. "

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • I formula feed, thanks though, anon =]

    Answer by caitxrawks at 9:39 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • It wouldnt hurt. I started my dd on ceral at 4 months, didnt hurt her. Teeth have nothing to do with it though:)

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 9:53 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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